im·​pru·​dence | \ (ˌ)im-ˈprü-dᵊn(t)s How to pronounce imprudence (audio) \

Definition of imprudence

1 : the quality or state of being imprudent
2 : an imprudent act

Examples of imprudence in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Johnson’s imprudence has too often been explained or excused as a kind of perpetual boyishness. Amy Davidson Sorkin, The New Yorker, "Boris Johnson’s “Looking Glass” Brexit," 8 July 2019 But citing the imprudence of maintaining two public golf courses, the park board notified the city last summer of its intent to discontinue golf at the country club. Karen Berkowitz,, "City of Highland Park, Park District plan to unveil country club deal," 9 May 2018 In addition to showing the imprudence of overinterpreting brief visual evidence, the last few weeks have demonstrated that, while Kelly is frequently at odds with Trump’s stylistic approach, the men are largely simpatico on substance. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "John Kelly Is a Trumpist After All," 31 Oct. 2017 The imprudence of a Sanders run has nothing to do with his status as an independent. Sarah Jones, New Republic, "Why Bernie Sanders Shouldn’t Run For President Again," 19 June 2017 A Davao City court official, who had not been informed of Mr. Meiring’s death, said there was still an outstanding warrant for his arrest on charges of illegal possession of explosives and reckless imprudence resulting in damage to property. Richard C. Paddock, New York Times, "Mysterious Blast in Philippines Fuels Rodrigo Duterte’s ‘Hatred’ of U.S.," 13 May 2016

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First Known Use of imprudence

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Imprudence.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 January 2020.

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